Nordic combined preview: Seefeld

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 12, 2011 7:50 am

12 January 2011 –  Humility. Humility is all that Felix Gottwald wants from his Austrian teammates these days. After the impressive 1-2-3 in Schonach a few days ago, the squad led by head coach Bard Jörgen Elden is the team to beat at the next stage of the 2010/11 DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Seefeld.

 

As in Schonach, the Ski Jumping hill was restructured in Seefeld and is now a HS 109 m. The profile is different to the other new hills, but this could bring an additional advantage to the best jumpers, according to Bernhard Gruber (AUT)..

 

From an emotional-statistical point of view, Mario Stecher enjoys a home territory advantage. He lives near Seefeld, and he has won one out of two competitions in 2009 and 2010. With the overall World Cup leader’s yellow jersey on his shoulders, and his body in great shape, he could finalize the “triple” in Seefeld.  

 

In Seefeld, there will be not only the two planned individual competitions on Saturday and Sunday, but also the team competition that was cancelled due bad weather conditions in Schonach on Sunday. Austria is the great favorite. “We will start all at  zero. We all will have the same chances to win or lose”, Gottwald said. Therefore, the most important virtue to bring on the jumping hill and at the cross-country track is: humility.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Timetable: 
    Friday, 14 January 2011, 09:00: provisional competition round; 10:00 Team event, jumping session HS 109; 12.45: Team event, 4 x 5 km cross-country race. Saturday, 15 January 2011, 09:45: jumping session HS 109; 15.45: 10 km cross- country Gundersen race (4 x 2,5 km); Sunday, 16 January 2011, 11.30 jumping session HS 109; 15.45: 10 km cross- country Gundersen race (4 x 2,5 km).
  • Hill and Track: The Ski Jumping hill is a new HS 109m. The cross-country track is challenging, with a maximum climb of 34 m and two additional 24 m climbs. The height difference is 47 m (1180 m a.s.l. lowest point, 1227 m a.s.l. highest point).
  • Here is where it all began: In 1983, the first  Nordic Combined World Cup competition was held in Seefeld. For the first, and last, time, two athletes (Uwe Dotzauer/GDR and Kerry Lynch/USA) shared first place.
  • Since 2005, the athlete leaving Seefeld as World Cup leader has won five out of six overall championships. Only once — in 2007 — was it different. Christoph Bieler was leading after Seefeld, but the crystal globe went to Hannu Manninen. This season, the race at the top of the table is extremely close. At the moment, Mario Stecher (AUT) enjoys a seven-point advantage over Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA).
  • All winners in Schonach:                 
            31.01.2010               Mario Stecher (AUT)

            30.01.2010               Eric Frenzel (GER)

            08.02.2009               Magnus Moan (NOR)

            07.02.2009               Mario Stecher (AUT)

            26.-27.01.2008        Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA)

            26.01.2008               Christoph Bieler (AUT)

            20.01.2007               Felix Gottwald (AUT)

            29.01.2006               Hannu Manninen (FIN)

            28.01.2006               Hannu Manninen (FIN)

            09.01.2005               Hannu Manninen (FIN)

            08.01.2005               Hannu Manninen (FIN)

            11.01.2004               Hannu Manninen (FIN)

            10.01.2004               Hannu Manninen (FIN)

            04.02.1996               Knut Tore Apeland (NOR)

            23.-24.01.1988        Klaus Sulzenbacher (AUT)

           18.-19.01.1985         Hermann Weinbuch (FRG)

           17.-18.12.1983         Uwe Dotzauer (GDR)/Kerry Lynch (USA)

 

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